‘I became addicted to codeine and weed after my husband was killed by Boko Haram’ – Nigerian woman

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A Nigerian woman has shared a sad story about how she became addicted to codeine and weed after Boko Haram killed her husband. Narrating her story to Bits by Borno, she said:

”‘There were so many losses in my life. My father died. My husband was killed by Bokoharam. I was happily married and my husband was a driver. He drove big trucks from Lagos to Maiduguri and provided everything for me. We were so happy. I have a daughter Khadijah who now lives with my mother. When my husband was killed, I didn’t want to move in with her and her husband. I didn’t want to be the reason her marriage failed. Because I didn’t like the man she married after my father died. So I went to live with my uncle. And you know when a house isn’t your home, you face so many things. I was mistreated badly in the house and my clothes were thrown out. His family kicked me out of their house. I didn’t know where to go or what to do. And that was when I decided to move in with one of my friends and they introduced me to this lifestyle. I take about four bottles of codeine, I smoke weed and also swallow tablets. I don’t think too much when I take all of these. I feel happy’


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